Despite the $59.99 price tag of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, it has worked its way onto Steam. Arriving earlier today, Blacklist sits comfortably on Steam’s 'top selling' list. In a world where the cost of purchasing games on Steam is rapidly decreasing, Is Blacklist worth the extra cash?
In short: maybe. The answer to the previous question relies on the type of gamer you consider yourself to be. If you consider yourself a fan of stealth games, action games or a fan of previous Splinter Cell titles, then this is the game for you. Fans will be pleased to see a plethora of old features returning from early titles. Spies Vs. Mercs is one multiplayer mode that makes a comeback in Blacklist, along with gadgets and mechanics that have been refreshed to meet modern standards. If this makes you excited, the Digital Deluxe Edition might be worth the extra cash as well.
The Digital Deluxe Edition of Blacklist includes new multiplayer and single player maps, as well as many extra guns and pieces of armor and gear. While this proves to be a worthy investment for any fan, the $69.99 price tag is painful for those who do not know or appreciate the series. Purchasing this edition is a risk for gamers that are not sure if they will enjoy Blacklist.
Ubisoft has already released $2 DLC (downloadable content) for Blacklist¸ committing the sin of releasing DLC for purchase on the same day as the game. This adds another optional cost for players. This means players can spend as little as $59.99 or as much as $71.99. With prices this high, a purchase may not be the best thing for those new to the series. The best thing for new players to do is to purchase Splinter Cell: Conviction (a previous Splinter Cell title) and play it through to its end. If you find yourself enjoying Conviction, then it is safe to say Blacklist will suit you. If not, you only wasted $19.99, instead of $59.99.